Luke O’Connell reports

Anglers at Ballisodare enjoyed another good week’s sport with 167 salmon landed, 52 of which were released. While water conditions and weather conditions were good for the most part of the week the salmon were not easily fooled with successful anglers working hard for their fish! While most fish caught were in the 3 lbs. – 5 lbs. bracket a good number of fish around the 7 lbs. mark were spotted daily. Although the water was not high some colour remained, resulting in the worm and fly being most productive. Bright coloured flies seemed to do the trick in small sizes. The usual Cascades and Ally’s Shrimp patterns and Green Highlanders produced most fly caught fish.

Dermot Fadden started off the week well on Monday catching what turned out to be the best fish of the week, a fish of 11 lbs. on the worm at the Falls. Dermot also landed another fish of 4 lbs. on the worm. Larry Bergin had two nice fish on Friday July 8th weighing 9 lbs. and 6 lbs. both taken on the worm at the Falls. Andrew Pearson had the best fly-caught fish of the week, a fine bar of silver weighing just over 7 lbs. caught on Saturday at the Falls. Dermot Glennon landed a nice six pounder on the prawn on Sunday (one of the only fish caught on the prawn) although they didn’t show much interest in the prawn this week.

With good water levels remaining in the river there are plenty of fish on the move and prospects look good for the coming week.

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